Last-minute goal helps U-22 Azkals draw Cambodia in SEA Games Opener

Santino Honasan on Nov 25, 2019 10:12 PM
Late goal helps U-22 Azkals draw Cambodia in SEAG opener
(Photo: Arvin Lim)

A last-minute goal from Dennis Chung helped the Philippine Under-22 Men's Football Team get a 1-1 draw against Cambodia in their 2019 Southeast Asian Games opener, Monday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. 

The Pinoy side, bannered by senior Azkals standouts Stephan Schrock and Amani Aguinaldo, got off to a slow start, as the Cambodians controlled possession in the early moments of the match. 

The Pinoys began to put the pressure on Cambodia late in the first half, with a multitude of opportunities, but ultimately could not finish. 

It was Cambodia instead, who found the back of the net in the 41st minute, as striker Keo Sokpheng blitzed through the Azkals defense before shaking off defender Aguinaldo and sending the ball past keeper Anthony Pinthus for the go-ahead goal. 

Cambodian keeper Keo Soksela came up with a pair of excellent saves in the dying seconds of the first half to preserve the lead. 

Finishing woes, as well as the steady hands of Keo Soksela, continued to haunt the Pinoys in the second frame, as they just couldn't get their opportunities to drop. It wasn't until the first minute of injury time that the Philippines finally found the back of the net, courtesy of substitute Chung, who finished just inside the box for the equalizer. 

With the draw, Azkals earns their first points of the 2019 SEA Games Men's Football tournament. 

The U-22 Azkals will have just one day to rest before they try to back get their first win when they take on Myanmar on Wednesday, November 27th, also at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Kickoff will be at 4:00 PM. 

In the earlier match of the day, Malaysia and Myanmar also fought to a 1-1 draw to officially kick-off the SEA Games 2019 Men's Football Tournament. 

Myanmar was the first on the board thanks to a 13th minute goal from Soe Moe Kyaw before Hadi Fayaddh pulled the Malaysians even in the 24th minute. 

In Group B action at the Biñan Football Stadium in Biñan, Laguna, Vietnam opened their campaign with a 6-0 demolition of Brunei. 

Ha Duc Chinh led the way with four goals, while Trieu Viet Hung and Nguyen Trong Hung added a goal each.

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